Sydney Lucas, 11, is this year's youngest Tony nominee, receiving recognition (Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical) for her performance as Small Alison in Fun Home — the most nominated musical of the season alongside An American in Paris.
When her name was announced, "[I started] screaming, crying, slash, 'Oh my Gosh!' And, oh my gosh, Judy [Kuhn], Emily [Skeggs] and Ruthie Ann [Miles] from The King and I are also nominated, and they're my very good friends, and I'm so happy for them."
The actress, who was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play, said through tears, "I can't believe it. [I'm] so proud to be in that company, my God. My first Tony [nomination]. This is my debut… I'm just so happy… I can't believe it. You know, I've been acting for 20 years and I've done everything, and I make a great living, but something like this, it's like a club you think you're never going to be in. My debut. I'm not carrying a spear, I'm telling an amazing story, I'm a lead in a play and then to be nominated with some of the best actresses in the world."
He said, "I just started weeping. At first I didn't even believe it. It's kind of surreal. This experience for me has sort of been something I've thought about in my life since I was four years old, but I never thought perhaps it had to happen or I never shot for it you know — it's an acknowledgment, I just wanted to do good work."
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